We had the good fortune of connecting with Miri Elle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miri Elle, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Hard work and staying true to yourself are the most important components of success in any field. I believe authenticity and dedication are what make great music, and I wouldn’t have the ability to create freely if I weren’t confident in who I am.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began training in classical piano, attending competition every year. I was always very strong in music theory, which definitely gave me an edge when it came to songwriting. Then I taught myself how to sing and play guitar, and started writing when I was 12. It wasn’t easy for me to share my songs with people at first because they felt so personal. It was like putting my secrets out for everyone to read, but I think as an artist people really appreciate when you’re vulnerable because they relate to how you feel. I taught myself production in high school, and went to college at the University of Michigan where I met some of the most amazing musicians and friends of my life. We started a collective and played live shows every week, and they were a huge part of my evolution into an artist, songwriter and producer. As the shows grew more popular, I started realizing that my songs were reaching people in the most unexpected ways, and I just wanted to keep doing it more and more. I wanted to write that one song that you hear for the first time and think, oh my god, that’s totally how I feel. I believe music is most powerful in that way because it expresses our emotions in a stronger way than words are capable of doing when they stand alone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If any of my Michigan people see this, just be warned it’s going to be the most touristy thing you’ve ever heard!! Before we do literally anything else, we’d have to get cinnamon donuts at the cider mill. We would probably spend a day at Erwin’s apple orchard and then go to sushi at Ronin in Royal Oak for dinner. I’d want to have a day in downtown Detroit as well, there’s a cute outdoor rink at Campus Martius with great restaurants and shops surrounding it. I’d also want to take them boating, maybe up north at Green lake, and get Little Brothers burgers. And on the weekend, we’d go to Mackinac Island. I have a lot of happy memories there with my family in the summers. Michigan is a really great place to grow up and figure out who you are, and I’d want to show the places that made me who I am today.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I couldn’t have done any of this without my incredible parents. Thank you for putting me in piano lessons as a child and encouraging me to make my own art and pursue my passion. I also want to thank my high school chemistry teacher, for watching me sing at the talent show and telling me that the last thing I ever needed to study was chemistry! And to all my amazing best friends, cowriters, and fellow musicians, thank you for supporting me, coming to the shows, sharing your stories and making this the best job in the world. There is so much more ahead, but the journey is way more fun with you by my side.
Blue pants picture – Hannah Brauer Sitting on white box picture – Cooper Kirby